Here’s how the next major update to Windows 10 will give a big boost to your battery

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Microsoft may only just have launched its Windows 10 Creators Update, but the tech giant is already testing new features for the next major update to Windows.

On Tuesday, the tech giant announced a new feature that will dramatically improve the battery life of laptops.

The new feature, dubbed Power Throttling, is designed to limit the amount of power used by apps running in the background.

Microsoft says the new feature will boost battery life by as much as 11 percent.

Power Throttling will be rolled out as part of the Redstone update which is due later this year, although it can be tested now by users who are signed up to the Windows Insider Program.

To access the new feature, testers will need a laptop running Skylake or Kaby Lake chips.

However, Microsoft says it plans to make the feature available to users with older laptops in the future.

Power Throttling works by Windows 10 determining which processes are running in the foreground and gives them more priority over those in the background.

“Most people running Windows like having multiple apps running at the same time – and often, what’s running in the background can drain your battery”, Microsoft said in a blog post.

“With “Power Throttling”, when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes – work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work.

“The OS identifies work that is important to you (apps in the foreground, apps playing music, as well as other categories of important work we infer from the demands of running apps and the apps the user interacts with), the company added.”

 

Jonathan Fairfield
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